January 8, 1986 |
The National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday that it will hold hearings here Jan. 28-29 to determine the cause of the plane crash that killed Maine schoolgirl Samantha Smith and seven others last August. Samantha, who was 13 when she died, gained fame when she wrote to Soviet Premier Yuri V. Andropov, then visited him in 1983.
December 17, 1985 |
A model of a statue of Samantha Smith was unveiled at a shopping center today, less than four months after she died in a plane crash. The 13-year-old's 1983 appeal to the late Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov won her international attention. The statue, showing Samantha holding a dove while a small bear sits at her feet, was sponsored by the Auburn Mall. The cost of casting the statue in bronze will be financed by public donations. "Christmas is a time to honor children and celebrate peace," Gov.
August 26, 1985 |
Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose wish for peace led to a highly publicized tour of the Soviet Union in 1983 as the guest of Yuri V. Andropov, was killed Sunday night along with her father and six other people in a plane crash. The Bar Harbor Airlines Beechcraft 99 turboprop plane crashed and exploded in the rain half a mile from Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport, authorities said.
March 20, 1986 |
Soviet schoolgirl Katerina Lycheva, saying she wants an "Earth without weapons," flew to the United States today on a peace tour in memory of Samantha Smith, the American youngster who visited the Soviet Union in 1983. The 11-year-old fifth-grader won the two-week trip to the United States for suggesting that her school establish a memorial "museum" to Samantha, who died in a plane crash in Maine last year. Katya, as she is known to her friends, was to begin the tour in Chicago.
August 27, 1985 |
Samantha Smith, a normally reticent sixth-grader whose letter to then-Soviet President Yuri V. Andropov made her a private missionary for world peace, died with her father in the crash of a commuter plane in Maine, her mother said Monday. Six others on the Bar Harbor Airlines flight from Boston to Augusta and Auburn, Me., also were killed. The plane crashed Sunday night in a rainstorm, but federal investigators said Monday afternoon that it could take months to determine the cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1986
The letter from William B. Habegger (March 14), regarding reports that the FBI kept a secret file on Samantha Smith, has been brought to my attention. I want to assure you that news reports suggesting that Samantha was the target of an FBI investigation are inaccurate. Samantha served her country well and she is loved and sorely missed by all of us. WILLIAM M. BAKER Assistant Director Office of Congressional and Public Affairs Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington